The work of the UK Border Agency (July-September 2012) - Home Affairs Committee Contents


4  Border Agency Backlogs

No. of cases

Q2.
No. of cases

Q3
Difference
% Increase or decrease since Q2 2012
'Live' asylum cohort
25,500
28,500
+3,000
+12%
Asylum controlled archive[56]
74,000
0
-74,000
-100%
Live immigration cases
3,500
4,000
+500
+14%
Immigration controlled archive[57]
21,000
0
-21000
-100%
FNOs living in the community
3,954
3,980
+26
+4%
FNOs - untraced
50
47
-3
+1%
Migration refusal pool
174,057
181,541
+7,484
+6%
FLTR applications not processed within targets
23,095
28,558
+5,463
+24%
No of cases still to be loaded on CID
Unknown
59,000
+59,000
Unknown
FLTR on the basis of marriage or civil partnership - cases pending review
Unknown
14,000
+14,000
Unknown
FLTR on basis of marriage or civil partnership - cases pending initial decision
Unknown
+2,100
+2,100
Unknown
Total
325,156
321,726
3,430
-1%

73.  Bearing in mind that this has been an exceptional Quarter, where 96,000 cases in the controlled archives were simply closed, we find that UKBA's progress in dealing with the backlogs is far too slow. At this rate, it would take years to deal with the current backlog.

74.  Senior Agency staff should not receive bonuses until there is evidence that the backlog is being substantially reduced and new backlogs are not emerging.

75.  Despite the closure of the controlled archives, 96,000 cases since last quarter, the total backlog has only reduced by 1%. New backlogs are continuing to emerge. The Agency's work affects thousands of people's lives, public safety, public services and the economy, but it continues to be an Agency playing catch up. Until we are able to publish a Report on the Agency both without the discovery of a new backlog and with a decrease in the present backlogs we will not be able to declare it fit for purpose.


56   The asylum controlled archive was closed in Quarter 4 2012 Back

57   The immigration controlled archive was closed in Quarter 4 2012 Back


 
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